How COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed

Find out how Australia's COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed across the country.

Vaccines for everyone in Australia

COVID-19 vaccines will be free for everyone living in Australia. You will not need a prescription from a GP to get vaccinated.

This image outlines the steps taken to be vaccinated for COVID-19; 1. Patient screening, 2. First vaccination dose given, 3. Follow up information provided, 4. Vaccination recorded in register, 5. Post vaccination monitoring, 6. Reminder, 7. Second dose.

Delivering vaccines across the country

Initially vaccines will be delivered through vaccination clinics run by states and territories.  In addition, a Commonwealth led in-reach workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines,

Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be made available for priority groups in 30–50 hospital hubs in urban and rural locations around Australia.

The first Pfizer hubs will be at:

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW)
  • Westmead Hospital (NSW)
  • Liverpool Hospital (NSW)
  • Monash Medical Centre Clayton (VIC)
  • Sunshine Hospital (VIC)
  • Austin Health (VIC)
  • University Hospital Geelong (VIC)
  • Gold Coast University Hospital (QLD)
  • Cairns Hospital (QLD)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital (QLD)
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA)
  • Flinders Medical Centre (SA)
  • Perth Children's Hospital (WA)
  • Royal Hobart Hospital (TAS)
  • The Canberra Hospital (ACT)
  • Royal Darwin Hospital (NT)

The number of Pfizer hubs will increase as more doses arrive in Australia.

Thousands of aged care residents will have access to vaccines through their facilities in Phase 1a. 240 facilities in more than 190 towns and suburbs in rural and urban areas, spanning every state and territory, will administer vaccines for this priority group.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will be available at GP respiratory clinics, General Practices that meet specific requirements, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and state-run vaccination clinics.

As the roll out continues, more locations will also be made available. When vaccines become broadly available, some workplace vaccination sites and community pharmacies that meet specific requirements will be added.

No need to register to get a COVID-19 vaccination

There is currently no need to register to be vaccinated. You may be able to book online as the rollout progresses.

Where and when to attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

How you receive your appointment information will depend on which phase you are in. In Phase 1a most vaccinations will be organised by a person’s employer or care facility.

You will have access to digital and non-digital options to book your vaccination, and receive appointment details.

There are things you can do in the meantime to prepare for vaccination.

How doses will reach initial priority groups

The Australian COVID-19 vaccination program will begin with priority groups including:

  • aged care and disability care residents and workers
  • frontline healthcare workers
  • quarantine and border workers.

Steps for rolling out vaccines to each priority group are below.

Aged care and disability care residents:

  1. advise facilities of priority groups, locations and roll-out plans
  2. patient consent coordinated
  3. vaccination date(s) scheduled
  4. vaccination doses received for use.

Residential aged care and disability care workers:

  1. facility staff to advise of priority groups, locations and roll-out plans
  2. schedule first and second doses by facility
  3. checklist including staff numbers on vaccination date(s) to inform dose requirements
  4. vaccination date(s) scheduled
  5. vaccination doses received for use.

Priority frontline healthcare workers:

  1. states and territories and peak bodies to advise priority groups, locations and roll-out plans
  2. vaccination date(s) scheduled and communicated to individual
  3. schedule and doses coordinated within State Governments to align with shifts and rosters
  4. Vaccination doses received after:
    1. proof of eligibility has been checked
    2. consent and clinical screening has been conducted on check-in at vaccination hub.

Priority quarantine and border workers:

  1. advise priority groups, locations and roll-out plans
  2. scheduling coordinated with State Government and communicated to individual
  3. individual attends for vaccination at advised time by employer if applicable
  4. Vaccination doses received after:
    1. proof of eligibility has been checked
    2. consent and clinical screening has been conducted on check-in at vaccination hub.

Quarantine and frontline health care workers will need to provide proof of occupation to be vaccinated under phases 1a and 1b of the rollout.

Australians currently overseas

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccinations will only be available to people currently in Australia.

Australian citizens currently overseas should consult their local health professional for advice on vaccine options that may be available locally.

If you need more advice, we suggest that you speak to the Australian Embassy in your country about vaccines for Australians overseas.

We cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia’s regulatory process.

Stay up to date

As the Australian COVID-19 vaccination program progresses, this page will be updated with information about how you can access COVID-19 vaccines.

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline

If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Last updated: 
22 February 2021

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